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Boarding call for Bologna

Last year, Australian publisher Allen & Unwin and Australian children’s literature promoters Books Illustrated announced they would combine their stands at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The newly created collective Australian stand received four-year funding from the Australian government and started off with four independent publishers on the stand in 2017.

This year, the ‘Hello! From Australia’ stand at Bologna boasts 13 independent Australian publishers: Affirm Press, Allen & Unwin, Berbay Publishing, EC Press, EK Books, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Little Pink Dog Books, Magabala Books, Melbournestyle Books, MidnightSun Publishing, Quirky Kid, Scribble and Windy Hollow Books. Three of these are nominated for the BOP (Best Publisher) Award in the Oceania Region: Magabala Books, Scribble and Windy Hollow Books.

Other Australian children’s publishers represented or attending the fair are Text Publishing, Christmas Press, Hardie Grant Egmont/Little Hare, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Penguin Random House Australia, Hachette Australia/Lothian Children’s Books, Scholastic Australia, University of Queensland Press and Walker Books Australia. See below for a list of links to the publishers’ websites and respective catalogues.

You can find out more about each of the publishers’ lists in the ‘Hello! From Australia’ online catalogue here: including titles from Western Australian independent publisher Fremantle Press, which is profiled in this issue of Think Australian Junior. You can also find out more about some of these Australian publishers through our ‘small publisher spotlight’ profile series.

Those attending Bologna with an interest in publishing from our region will also want to visit the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) collective stand. This is the first time PANZ has hosted a collective stand at Bologna. Publishers on the stand are Upstart Press, Gecko Press, Millwood Press, Black Chook Books, OneTree House and Oratia Press. Literary agent Frances Plumpton will also be on the stand. You can read the PANZ collective stand brochure here.

Here’s to a wonderful fair!

Matthia Dempsey
Think Australian


Australian publishers’ catalogues and websites


Category: Think Australian Junior Editorial